Good Friday

Good Friday

Friday of the Passion of the Lord, also known as Good Friday, is celebrated on the Friday before Easter and commemorates the end of Jesus’ life and the events that immediately preceded it.

This most solemn day is called good, a word that means holy.

Catholics spend this second day of the sacred Paschal Triduum meditating on Jesus’ Passion and Death, venerating the Cross, and praying for the salvation of the world.

The Lord’s Passion is celebrated in the afternoon which includes reading the entire account of the events from the Gospel of John.

Because Jesus died and was placed in the tomb on this day it is an aliturgical day, the only day of the year when Mass is not celebrated. Holy Communion is distributed from the Eucharist consecrated the day before.

As a day of penance, abstaining from meat and fasting are required by the Church on Good Friday.

Representing Jesus’ Passion and his Blood that He shed on the Cross to redeem man, the liturgical color of Good Friday is red.

A day of fasting and prayer:

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington

After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I thirst.” There was a vessel filled with common wine. So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth. When Jesus had taken the wine, He said, “It is finished.” And bowing his head, He handed over the spirit.

John 19: 28-30

Our own sins are part of the story:

Catholic Central

Remembering the God who died for us:

Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

The Church dares to call this day good: 

Ascension Presents

God loved us all along:

Catholic Breakfast

Once more in meditation, prayer and song, we have recalled Jesus’s journey along the Way of the Cross: a journey seemingly hopeless, yet one that changed human life and history, and opened the way to “new heavens and a new earth”. Especially today, Good Friday, the Church commemorates with deep spiritual union the death of the Son of God on the Cross; in his Cross she sees the tree of life, which blossoms in new hope.

Pope Benedict XVI, Via Crucis, 6 April 2012

Recognizing what Jesus did on the Cross:


The Cross is how God wins back souls:

Ascension Presents

The link between pain and sin:

Bishop Robert Barron

The redemption won by Christ consists in this, that He came “to give his life as a ransom for many”, that is, He “loved [his own] to the end”, so that they might be “ransomed from the futile ways inherited from [their] fathers”

Catechism of the Catholic Church 622

Where Jesus died and was buried:

Christian Media Center – English

The Truth, Goodness, and Beauty of the Catholic Church

Music that transforms lives:

St. Michael’s Abbey

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